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Princeton Events, Entertainment, Things To Do, Activities, Attractions

As the hub of entertainment and events in the Central New Jersey Area, Princeton provides an enormous opportunity for those residents and visitors looking for arts organizations, movies, culture, music, lodging, restaurants, and tickets to shows and local attractions. With the McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts – the region's leading performing arts center - in our backyard, the music never stops and the curtain is always going up!

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McCarter Theatre


McCarter Theatre Center offers performances and experiences that uplift the spirit, delight the heart, and engage the mind. We find joy in the rigor of the artistic process, and we take great care to ensure that McCarter remains unsurpassed as a cultural destination to discover, share, create, and experience meaningful art.

Princeton University Concerts


Building on a tradition that began in 1894, Princeton University Concerts (PUC) celebrates the transformative power of music, one of civilization's highest achievements. PUC embraces Princeton's mission to connect all students to the Arts, while providing a gateway to audiences from all over the region to experience the Arts at Princeton.

PUC presents chamber music concerts featuring the world's greatest musicians. In addition to mainstage concerts, PUC presents Performances Up Close, with the audience seated on stage alongside the artists; Healing with Music, a series of concert/conversations which get to the heart of music's life-affirming power; and family concerts. PUC also hosts Do-Re-Meet social events for music lovers and free Live Music Meditation events. To view the remainder of our current season, visit

Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey


Join the Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey for New Year's Eve with a 10% discount on single ticket sales! (Use code POLNYE at checkout)

Our orchestra is dedicated to serving our community and actively contributing to a stable economy through our inclusive programming and outreach initiatives. We strive to foster a sense of belonging and inspire a love for music among individuals from all backgrounds. Through collaborations, educational programs, and community partnerships, we aim to promote cultural enrichment, economic growth, and social harmony. Together, we are building a stronger, more vibrant community through the universal language of music. We firmly believe in the power of music to bring people together and create positive change.

Catch A Rising Star


Since 1972, Catch A Rising Star Comedy Club has been synonymous with the very best in comedy. The Catch stages have launched the career of countless comedy legends such as Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Andy Kaufman, Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Richard Belzer, Whoopi Goldberg and Chris Rock.

Today, Catch continues that tradition by bringing a fabulous mix of household names and future stars to our stages. Check out the latest lineup at or call our box office at 781.568.1471 today! Military Veterans and First Responders are always free for regular shows with ID (reservations required), and birthdays are free (your birthdate must be within 5 days of the show, and reservations are required).

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The Farminary Distinctive Dinner Series


"First Thursdays at the Farm" is a distinctive dinner series happening May through November hosted at The Farminary, Princeton Theological Seminary's 21-acre farm. The series brings together different scholars, activists, and artists to give a short talk or be interviewed over dinner. They are paired with a world-class chef who prepares at least a portion of the meal using produce from the Farminary. The events are designed to be intimate — capped at 25 people — and focused on meaningful conversation. No big presentations; just big ideas and delicious food in a one-of-a-kind venue.